What is Dr. Dre’s Net Worth? $820 million
How did Dr. Dre earn his wealth and money?
Andre Romell Young was born on 18th February 1965, in Compton, California, U.S.A. People know him by the name Dr. Dre. He is a rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He created, and owns, Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He previously co-owned Death Row Records with Snoop Dogg. Dre is responsible for having supervised the careers of many rap artists besides producing their albums, such as The D.O.C., Eminem, 2Pac, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, Knoc-turn’al, and Xzibit.
Dre is considered the primary reason the West Coast G-funk – rap music with slow and heavy beats – became popular. In 2017, Dre was number 3 on Forbes’ list of top five hip-hop artists, with $740 million. He was once listed at number 56 on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time”. He began his music career by getting involved with the World Class Wreckin’ Cru. He was recognized when he started working with N.W.A. – the most influential “gangsta” rap group, which used to focus on street gang violence with harsh words and expletives, comprising of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella.
Dre’s solo debut album, “The Chronic”, was released by Death Row Records in 1992. This album made him win a Grammy for the single, “Let Me Ride” and deemed Dre one of the best-selling performing artists for 1993 in the U.S.A. Later in the same year, he produced Snoop Dogg’s debut “Doggystyle”, which went on to become a quadruple platinum. Moreover, in 1994, he made top-notch artists out of stepbrother Warren G, and Daz Dillinger – Snoop Dogg’s cousin. Dre left Death Row Records in 1996 so that he could build his own company called Aftermath Entertainment. He came up with a compilation album for the year and named it “Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath”. Then in 1999, he released a solo album which was, interestingly, called “2001”.
When 1998 came around, Dr. Dre got Eminem onboard with him; in 2002, he also got 50 Cents. He contributed to their albums for them. Dre has bagged six Grammy awards; one of these is an award for Produce of the Year. Along with the sales of his records and those he produces for others, he has other sources of money as well. One is acting; Dre has starred in quite a few movies, like “Set It Off”, “Training Day”, and “The Wash”.
The other source of income is technology. July 2008 saw Dre release his first pair of headphones with the brand name “Beats by Dr. Dre”. It had numerous advanced features. Later, in 2009, Hewlett-Packard (hp) made a deal with Dr. Dre to pair up Beats By Dr. Dre with some HP laptops and headsets. In May 2014, mogul Apple Inc. made a bid for the Beats by Dre brand for a reported $3 billion. This was Apple’s most expensive purchase by far. Dre’s portion yielded him the largest single-year payday ever recorded by a living musician—now he just needs to relax and watch his money grow. A small number of days after the business deal, Dre bought a 14,000 square foot, $40 million mansion in Los Angeles. This mansion is almost worth the money he paid. Dr. Dre also has several endorsements deals with the likes of “Dr. Pepper”, “Coors Light”, “St. Ides”, and “Chrysler 300S”.
What are Dr. Dre’s highest-selling albums/singles?
- 2001: 7,800,000
- The Chronic: 5,700,000
- Compton: 560,000
- Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath: 750,000
- Concrete Roots: 475,000
- “Crack a Bottle” (Single): 20,50,000
- I Need a Doctor (Single): 22,55,000
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